The tornado that left one Abbeville woman dead and two homes destroyed was an EF 2 tornado, which means it was fast and powerful, according to the National Weather Service. The twister produced winds of up to 130 mph.
Two tornadoes were spawned by a supercell thunderstorm; the other hit Ashland where it killed three people. (May 3, 2010, Page 1A)
When there’s a domestic assault involving the use of hands — smacking, kicking or hitting — the abuser is generally charged with simple assault. When a weapon of any kind is involved, the abuser can be charged with aggravated assault which is a felony offense.
A new bill signed by Gov. Haley Barbour now allows strangulation to be considered an aggravated assault. (April 30, 2010, Page 1A)
Jason T. Plunk writes to commend the Oxford Police Department horseback unit for its recent work around the Square, Lena L. Ward and Ellawee Ivy suggest that Gov. Haley Barbour pay for a lawsuit against the Health Care bill, and Randy Yates writes that we should consider naming some of our local streets after local authors. (March 31, 2010, Page 2)
Gov. Haley Barbour said many public school systems in the state are not yet doing a good enough job to prepare high school graduates for four-year colleges and, as a result, more students should be encouraged to attend community colleges. Barbour made the statement during a “Meet the Press”-style event held Tuesday at the Overby Center in the School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi. (March 3, 2010, Page 2)
The general public doesn’t get many chances to ask top government officials questions, but readers of The Oxford EAGLE will get their chance next week if they submit some good ones to New Editor Jonathan Scott, who’s on a panel that will be talking with Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. Got a question? Send it in to Scott at The EAGLE. (February 25, 2010, Page 4)
Gov. Haley Barbour declared the work week of Feb. 22-26 as Severe Weather Awareness Week last week. In conjunction, the National Weather Service will issue a statewide test tornado warning on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radios at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday morning. (February 23, 2010, Page 1)
Maybe it’s time to consider another option to help out with funding problems for school districts across Mississippi. How about going to school four days a week. Read more about how that would save money in gas, bus driver pay, maintenance, et cetera. (January 18, 2010, Page 4)